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Ms. Heller is an experienced attorney and mediator with a passion for providing personal attention and service to each client.  Over the course of her career Ms. Heller has had experience in a wide range of issues.  She focuses her practice on estate planning and family law dispute resolution including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, divorce, annulment, legal separation, paternity, children's issues, relocation, spousal maintenance, complex property division, business valuations, domestic violence, pre-marital agreements and adoptions.  


 

Her outstanding track record includes being named as a "Leading Lawyer" by the Phoenix Business Journal in 2007.  She has a great deal of insight and is particularly adept at assessing cases, and devising creative, workable solutions to avoid unnecessary processes and costs.  

 


She graduated Temple University School of Law and attended Arizona State University as a third year visiting law student.  She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree, Cum Laude, from Temple University School of Communications, where she attained the Herman Ellis Award for academic achievement, professional promise and leadership. She completed advanced mediation training with the Arizona Attorney General's Office,  a 40 hour ACR certified training in family law mediation, a 20 hour Collaborative Divorce training and probate mediation with the Maricopa County Superior Court.      


 

Ms. Heller is listed on the Maricopa County Superior Court Roster of Family Law Mediators and Parenting Coordinators and is active in a number of professional and civic organizations. 



 

Firm website at www.WillsEstatePlanningAz.com and www.MediationInstead.com

 

 

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Estate Planning: 40%
    4 years
  2. Mediation: 30%
    25 years
  3. Family: 30%
    17 years

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Abigail Neal

    Donna is an excellent lawyer who truly cares about her clients. I have consulted with Donna on numerous cases and found her to be thorough, detail oriented and exceptionally knowledgeable. I highly recommend Donna Heller.

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  • Karen Anne Richman

    I fully endorse Donna Heller as an estate planner. Donna's professionalism and devotion to her clients and their causes is of the highest order and she is a credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend Donna for your estate planning needs.

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Contact info

HELLER LAW OFFICE, PLC. AND MEDIATION INSTEAD, LLC.

11120 N Tatum Blvd
Suite 101, Bldg G
Phoenix, AZ, 85028-1628

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
AZActive 198607/02/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Sustaining MemberArizona's Finest Lawyers2015
Top ContributorAvvo2014
Top Valley LawyersNorth Valley Magazine2014
Top Attorney FamilyAvvo2013
Top ContributorAvvo2013
Who's Who of Leading LawyersPhoenix Business Journal2007
Herman Ellis AwardTemple University1980
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerHeller Law Office & Mediation Instead2009 - Present
AttorneyFamily law firms2000 - 2008
Variousbusiness ventures, law clerk, etc.1997 - 1999
Business/Operations ManagerWomen's Medical Group1989 - 1996
AttorneyLaw Firm1986 - 1989
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Wealth CounselMember2013 - Present
Academy of Professional Family MediatorsAdvanced Practitioner2012 - Present
Maricopa County Association of Family MediatorsMember [President 2015-2016; board member since 2013]2005 - Present
Maricopa County Superior CourtFamily Court Mediator Roster2004 - Present
State Bar of ArizonaMember [previous ADR, Family Law and Probate and Trust Sections]1986 - Present
Arizona Association for Conflict ResolutionBoard Member2012 - 2013
Collaborative Divorce Professionals of ArizonaBoard Member [Secretary 2013]2012 - 2013
Maricopa County Bar AssociationMember [Family Law Section]2011 - 2015
Collaborative Colleagues - Collaborative DivorceMember2011 - 2012
Association for Conflict ResolutionAdvanced Practitioner Mediator2010 - 2014
Association of Family and Conciliation CourtsMember2009 - 2013
Arizona Attorney GeneralCommunity Mediation Program1991 - 1992
Arizona State UniversityVolunteer Law Project1990 - 1991
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hamblen V. HamblenThe court determined how to apportion
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Heller Law BlogBlog Publications2016
Avvoanswer questions2016
Blog PublicationsHeller Law Blog2015
Heller Law BlogBlog Publications2014
Heller Law BlogBlog Publications2013
AVVOanswer questions2013
Heller Law BlogBlog Publications2012
Heller Law BlogBlog Publications2011
hellerlawaz.com/blogBlog Publications2010
Maricopa LawyerEditorial Board Member/Writer1986
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wealth CounselRLT Drafting IntensiveCertificate2015
Probate Division, Maricopa County Superior Court March 20-21, 2014MediationProbate Mediation Training Program2014
Wealth Counsel, Comprehensive Planning with Revocable Living TrustsLawCertificate2013
MCAFM Advanced MediationWorkshop 9-24-13Certificate of Completion2013
IACP InstituteCollaborative LawCertificate2012
Colaborative Divorce Professionals of ArizonaCollaborative divorceFull Team Interdisciplinary Training2010
Coast to Coast MediationMediationACR Certified 40-hour Training2003
Arizona Attorney GeneralMediationMediation Training1991
National Institute for Trial AdvocacyTrial AdvocacyCertificate1986
Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of LawLawvisiting student1985
Temple University - James E. Beasley School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Temple UniversityCommunicationBA - Bachelor of Arts1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Arizona Veterans StandDownvolunteer attorney2016
State Bar of Arizona - Alternative Dispute Resolution SectionMediation Ethics2015
Maricopa County Bar Association CLEParenting Coordinators: How to Use Them Effectively and What is the Scope of Their Authority2014
Maricopa County Association of Family MediatorsHow to Use Parenting Coordinators Effectively2014
Representation in Mediation Regional CompetitionDispute Resolution2013
Collaborative SummitCollaborative Models2012